Working decoys as works of art

Mar 09, 2014
Photo by: Ann Harris A collection of working bird decoys carved by town resident Paul Perkins is on display at Thomaston Public Library.

Thomaston — The carved and painted duck and shore bird decoys of Paul Perkins of Thomaston are on display in March at Thomaston Public Library, 60 Main St./Route 1.

Perkins learned his craft from his father, Percy Perkins of Seabrook, N.H., and has been carving and painting these replicas of working decoys since his teens. Working decoys were used by market hunters along the eastern seaboard during the 19th century.

Most hunters designed, carved and painted their own decoys. Paul's and Percy’s decoys were used on the ocean and marshes in and around Seabrook. Neither of them ever dreamed that someday these decoys would become collector's items.

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